Review: Night Blade by J.C. Daniels

This review will contain mild spoilers from Blade Song.  DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW IF YOU HAVEN’T READ BLADE SONG.  You have been warned.

Night Blade Shiloh WalkerIn Night Blade we find Kit and Damon together as a couple.  Damon is out-of-town a lot still cleaning up the pack from the previous Alpha.  Kit is seeing a little more business and things are moving along at a normal pace.  She hides the bonding marks Damon gave her with a wrist band because they both agree that it would just paint a target on her.

Kit is approached by her ex and Banner member, Justin, with a job she cannot refuse.  Members of the Assembly are dying off and all are somehow connected to Damon.  If Kit cannot give a valid reason these people are dying then Damon might be the next one to lose his life.  To make things worse, Justin places a binding spell on Kit so she cannot talk to anyone about what she is doing.

Anyone includes Damon who is not happy that she is anywhere near an ex.  He is suddenly tired of hiding what she is to him and marks her in a place that will be impossible to cover.  Not only does this show the outside world the status of their relationship but it shows the members of his pack also.  I was quite happy about that part since there is a particular female who was making a nuisance of herself around Damon.

Unlike Blade Song, it seemed that Night Blade was going to be a pretty straightforward plot.  I had been told that this book would rip my heart out and I didn’t see how that was going to happen with how the first 70% of the book was flowing.  Ah, I should have known better.

I am not sure if I could come up with enough adjectives to describe my reaction to the remaining 30% of Night Blade.  Angry? Stunned?  Grief stricken?  Heartbroken?  Flayed?  J.C. Daniels took this book to a place that I surely didn’t think it would go.  Night Blade pulls no punches and forces the reader to face a brutal conclusion for all our characters in this book.  The writing is brilliant and emotional forcing the reader to continue even if I wanted to put the book down and walk away.

You can see from my review of Blade Song that I really liked the book, well Night Blade completely blew Blade Song out of the water.  Night Blade made me an emotional wreck and who doesn’t love a book that will pull out every emotion possible?   Even days later I find myself going back to reread certain scenes because they are stuck in my head.  It does not end on a cliffhanger but you will be left wondering what is in store for our characters and how they will move forward from what they experienced.  All I have to say it don’t be surprised if I cyber-stalk Ms. Daniels for Broken Blade.  I am that desperate for more of this series.  Final grade- A

Favorite Quote:

Each step added to the scars on me, it seemed.

If there was a part of me left unscarred by this, it would be a miracle.


Rating: A
Night Blade by J.C. Daniels
March 4th 2013 by Shiloh Walker, Inc.
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Comments

  1. says

    Completely agree with everything you said…. I CRIED at a certain scene. I just… I don’t… I think there has never been a better second book to a series. Seriously. I need Broken Blade. I need to find out what happens next.

  2. Tabitha says

    Noo, did Damon and Kit breakup?

    I didn’t realize the second book in the series is out..and wait, I went to buy from Amazon and it says “This title is not currently available for purchase”. What the? I want to read it. :(

  3. Lege Artis says

    I won an early copy and this book blew me away… It was exactly like your review: I read Blade Song and I liked it, I liked characters, Kit’s voice…but Night Blade took story on a whole another level… definitely not to be missed for any UF fan.

      • Lege Artis says

        My stomach was in knots all through last quarter of book and there were tears… I’m still thinking about it. Oh, and I began stalking immediately… That 2014. seams million years away….

  4. says

    Shiloh Walker has never pulled punches in her books but this alter ego JC Daniels is even more gritty, hard as nails on her characters and with just two books has cemented my automatically reading anything else she pens whether about Kit’s character or a new series altogether as I cannot get enough. And yes Broken Blade is a looooong way away darn it!

  5. says

    Thanks for the review…

    :)

    Um… I cried, too. I never cry with books.

    @tabitha, there were some problems with the distribution-the wrong file was sent out and I’m now bald as a result.

    In all seriousness, the retailers are working to fix it, it should be fixed soon…hopefully tonight. Some places have it already, itunes, All Romance Ebooks, Smashwords, Kobo…just waiting for the others to get the issue fixed.

    :-/

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  1. [...] Night Blade by J C Daniels ** [AMZ - BN - S - K] Thank you Jen for recommending this series to me. I can’t think of another new to me urban fantasy series I’ve read in recent years I’ve enjoyed more. This is the second book in the series and I can honestly say it’s one of the best follow ups I’ve ever read. The ending will leave you breathless and with that tight feeling in your chest. I’m almost desperate to get my hands on the third book Broken Blade. So desperate I’ve taken to stalking J C Daniels/ Shiloh Walker on her twitter page. This is a must read series for any, ANY reader of urban fantasy. Read Jen’s review here. [...]